How to Shop for the Perfect Jumpsuit

Summer Streetstyle OOTD: Striped jumpsuit

Fashion trends come and go, but one of my favorite summer trends in the jumpsuit. Summer style is all about simplicity and comfort. Jumpsuits and rompers are probably one of the most effortless styles to wear, it’s a one and done piece that creates a pulled together look that’s easy and versatile. Perfect for those days (and nights) when you crave the comfort of pants but don’t have the energy to fuss about a full ensemble, there’s nothing better than a jumpsuit.

Jumpsuits are also a great alternative to dresses. It’s such a flattering piece and recently my go-to for an evening event or drinks with friends. Chic and easy to style, whenever I’m undecided and in a rush I find myself throwing one on last minute. It really does make a great go-to staple wardrobe item.

Summer streetstyle: striped jumpsuit, straw bag and hat

This striped blue jumpsuit I’m wearing today is the newest addition to my growing jumpsuit collection. It’s a pretty little number that’s perfect for summer and features two of my current favorite trends: the off-shoulder-top and the wide leg pant. The wide legs are super leek and yet ultra comfy for the warmer summer days, while the off-the-shoulder top adds a more playful touch that different than some of my typical jumpsuits.

Everyone should own a jumpsuit! Summer outfit: Striped jumpsuit

What To Look For When Buying A Jumpsuit

Despite being so easy to wear, sometimes it’s hard to find a jumpsuit that’s right for your body. Striking the right balance in style and fit is a tricky one, but when you get it right, it’s so right! Here are 3 basic things I always look at when I’m considering a jumpsuit:

1. The Sleeves

Your choice of sleeves will determine what style of jumpsuit you’re going for. Are you going for a beachy look or a more dressed up look? And where are you wearing it, a leisurely day outdoors, or will you be sitting in an air-conditioned office all day? It’s a question of both vibe and environment and there are four ways you can typically go.

The Sleeveless Jumpsuit

The most common type of jumpsuit and what we generally gravitate towards in the summer months, is the sleeveless jumpsuit. Here’s a good little tidbit for you: the width of the strap then affects how dressy the suit looks. A thin spaghetti is more laid-back-casual, while a wide sturdier shoulder feels more sophisticated and refined.

The Short-Sleeved Jumpsuit

For those who prefer a more put-together vibe, a short sleeved jumpsuit style that covers the shoulders and the upper part of the arm should be the way to go. Whoever said you couldn’t wear jumpsuits to the work was seriously mistaken.

The Long-Sleeved Jumpsuit

Considered this the long sleeved jumpsuit an all-season style. Sheer, lightweight, open sleeves are breezy with sandals on a summer’s night and just covered enough with your go-to ankle boots in the autumn.

The Off-The-Shoulder Jumpsuit

A sweet off-the-shoulder neckline, works best for late spring and summertime, when you can expose the collarbone and shoulders without worrying about getting a chill. This is one of my favorite looks, where the covered-up look draws attention to the bare skin up top, showing off those your pretty front clavicles and sexy shoulders.

2. The Waist 

Where your jumpsuit cinches at the waist can make or break this one-piece.  This is especially important,  since your jumpsuit is essentially a continuous piece of fabric with a tuck in the torso area to define the figure.

The Low Waist

A low waistline is great for those with longer torsos, or those who want to lengthen the appearance of the trunk since the shirt portion of the one-piece extends a bit more.

The High Waist

A high waistline has the opposite effect of a low waistline, defining the torso higher than the natural waistline and lengthening the legs. Whether you have a shorter torso or simply want to play with proportion, this style is across-the-board flattering.

The Tie-Waist

A belt-like detail that’s fully adjustable not only improves fit, but also allows you to be a little more playful. You can tighten or loosen for comfort. You can knot as simply or as fancifully as you please — heck, you can put a bow on it. It’s the epitome of fashion and function.

3. The Legs

The trouser portion is probably the first thing you notice when you’re buying a jumpsuit. Before, the standard was a slightly fitted straight leg, but now, every type of bottom is represented in the one-piece spectrum. You can find short jumpsuits (otherwise known as rompers), along with cropped and wide-leg styles that accommodate a broad range of personal tastes and body types. And with the rising popularity of culottes, even they are making an appearance in jumpsuits.


When you want that classic that top-and-trouser look, rolled into one convenient item the straight leg is the way to go. Fit is key here, it can’t be so tight that you lose mobility or so loose that your figure gets drowned under all the excess fabric.


When the weather gets warm, that’s where the romper comes out to play. In late spring and summer, we chop off the ankle-skimming trouser legs in favor of knee-baring shorts suits.


Flared and wide-legged pants are creeping in and slowly becoming the norm.  The comfort of the extra leg room creates a sleek look while being ultra comfy. This silhouette can be intimidating, but a pair of wedges will make your legs look a mile long.


Yes, the current trouser du jour, the culotte, can now be found in jumpsuits. Going wide is intimidating, but finding the right one that cuts right round the knee, so the entire calf is revealed will give the right proportion. This is definitely another look that’s big on both comfort and style.Summer OOTD: striped playsuit

Outfit Details:

Jumpsuit: Cotton Off-The-Shoulder Wide-Leg Jumpsuit from Max Studio London
Shoes: Strappy Espadrille Wedges from B2 (similar here)
Hat: Panama hat from Ole Curiosidades (similar here)
Accessories: jade bangle (similar here)
Watch: Originals by Timex (last seen here)

Love jumpsuits! So cute for summer

Have a favorite jumpsuit in your wordrobe or summer style you’re shopping for?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • CNA Photos
    May 27, 2017

    Such a great guide! Have always wanted to go look for a jumpsuit and this has been super helpful in figuring out what I need. The jumpsuit you have in your photos is absolutely beautiful!

    May 28, 2017

    The shoes and hat you picked to go along with that outfit made for a great ensemble. You look really sharp.

  • Alison Rost
    May 28, 2017

    These are great tips. I know that one should know these tips to make the right choice.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra VA
    May 28, 2017

    I have never worn a jumpsuit in my life. Or maybe I did when I was a kid, but I don’t remember. I think jumpsuits are cool, but I am not confident to wear one, not with my body type. I will share this post with my sister. She’s got the long legs and slim body that would look great in one.

  • Katie Kinsley
    May 28, 2017

    This is a trend that I am afraid to try. I do like rompers, but really only wear them while I headed to the beach.

  • suelee1998
    May 28, 2017

    I have to admit I have no jumpsuits in my wardrobe/. I would love to add a cute outfit like this my closet though!

  • Agnes Vazhure
    May 28, 2017

    I love jumpsuits and always looking for more cute ones. I love the style of this one with the horizontal stripes.

  • Rebecca Brosemer
    May 28, 2017

    I haven’t taken the plunge and jumped on the jumpsuit trend yet, but I think that they are super cute! I really like how comfy and cute the one you featured here looks 🙂

  • David Elliott
    May 29, 2017

    That’s a really pretty jump suit. Guys don’t generally purchase those but you look amazing in it. It’s a really good color on you.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc
    May 29, 2017

    What a pretty jumpsuit! I’ve always wanted to buy one but I did not know how to pick the right one to suit my body type. Thanks for the guidelines you listed here. That’s going to be a big help for me in choosing a good jumpsuit I;d feel comfortable wearing.

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    May 29, 2017

    A great jumpsuit can make such a big impact. I would love to find a great one for myself for this spring and summer. These are great tips.

  • Amélie
    May 29, 2017

    I love jumpsuits but I never seem to be able to find a flattering one. I have really long legs and a short torso and it just seems to make me look disproportionate all the time :/

  • Leigh Anne Borders
    May 29, 2017

    I would really love to have one of these jumpsuits one day. I have been eyeing them in the store but I was not sure which one would look better on me. This is definitely helpful!

  • Love this whole outfit! The color of this is beautiful and I like the pattern. Really casual but not boring at all. Love it!

  • diana
    May 30, 2017

    I love the jumpsuit! It’s casual yet chic and I love the horizontal stripes pattern. Thanks for the great tips!

  • Danik Bates
    May 30, 2017

    That jumpsuit looks totally amazing and perfect for warm weather. 🙂

  • Echo (The Mad Mommy)
    May 30, 2017

    You look amazing in that jumpsuit! I have always wanted to try one, but I am plussized, have a long torso and short legs!

  • Rebecca Swenor
    May 30, 2017

    A jumpsuits are awesome especially in the summer months. I would love the jumpsuit above and the one with shorts. Thanks for sharing this awesome jumpsuit.

  • That’s a cute jumpsuit! I don’t know if I can pull it off, but I love it with the hat and the handbag.

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How to Shop for the Perfect Jumpsuit